9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

Identity Theft

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

A funny thing happened on my way from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. this week, I found myself on a flight without Wi-Fi. The prospect of being unplugged for more than four hours on a flying machine without the ability to communicate with (or distract) colleagues, with zero information from the outside world — let’s… Read More

Identity Theft in 2013: The Battle for Your Data

Identity Theft

Identity Theft in 2013: The Battle for Your Data

Identity Theft in 2013: The Battle for Your Data

In 2013, we’ll have to make a choice: Either we acknowledge we’re at war and push back hard, or we keep pretending nothing’s wrong — and pay the price. In the coming weeks, as we’ve seen every year for the past six, there will be endless reports detailing the digital dangers and identity threats lurking… Read More

How to Fix the Broken Student Loan System

Students

How to Fix the Broken Student Loan System

How to Fix the Broken Student Loan System

As Washington slides ever closer to the fiscal cliff, financial vortex, or whatever will be the next term du jour, and our national focus finally shifts to fixing that which has heretofore been deemed “unfixable,” perhaps 2013 is the year we endeavor to fix our very broken student loan system. In the first quarter of… Read More

What Black Friday & the Fiscal Cliff Have in Common

Personal Finance

What Black Friday & the Fiscal Cliff Have in Common

What Black Friday & the Fiscal Cliff Have in Common

The shopping season is upon us. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. For the next month, intrepid American consumers will hit the stores like there’s no tomorrow — nudging hundreds of thousands of retailers into the black and ourselves into the red, only to spend the balance of the year clawing our way back to some semblance… Read More

How the SEC Almost Shut Down Wall Street

Identity Theft

How the SEC Almost Shut Down Wall Street

How the SEC Almost Shut Down Wall Street

Here’s a fun fact: Hackers, just like bankers, real estate agents and collectors of Star Trek memorabilia, attend conferences. Even better: they play games at the conferences. One of the games they play has attendees aggressively competing to access any device in the hall, thereby demonstrating prowess in obtaining sensitive information. The goal is to… Read More

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